Ferrero, Gonzalez enter Paris quarters

Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Spanish compatriot Felix Mantilla in a fourth-round match on Monday at the French Open.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Juan Carlos Ferrero has beaten Spanish compatriot Felix Mantilla every time, and their fourth round match on Monday at the French Open was the most lopsided yet. Ferrero, the runner-up at Roland Garros last year, improved to 7-0 against Mantilla by winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. The No. 3-seeded Ferrero will next play No. 19 Fernando Gonzalez, who beat No. 30 Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. The quarterfinal between Ferrero and Gonzalez will be a rematch of the 1998 boys final at Roland Garros, which Gonzalez won. "This," Ferrero said, "is more important than the juniors final. It's going to be a good show," Gonzalez said. Gonzalez, who hits perhaps the hardest forehand in tennis, has won their two meetings as pros, neither on clay. "You know the second or third shot is going to be a cannonball," Ferrero said. "I must try to control the point before he hits the cannonball". After a week of sunny, warm weather, play was delayed by 30 minutes due to rain at the start. (AP)